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A Midterm Blowout

Shane D’Aprile tells us that 50 or more Democrat seats are set to change hands. Please, God, let some of them be in Washington.

James Watkins, WA-01 (Jay Inslee*)

John Koster, WA-02 (Rick Larsen*)

Jaime Herrera, WA-03 (Open, Brian Baird retirement)

Doc Hastings*, WA-04

Cathy McMorris Rodgers*, WA-05

Doug Cloud, WA-06 (Norm Dicks*)

Steve Beren, WA-07 (Jim McDermott*)

Dave Reichert*, WA-08

Dick Muri, WA-09 (Adam Smith*)

Dino Rossi, Senate (Patty Murray*)

*Incumbent

Washington has one of the more left-leaning Congressional delegations. It’s not too late to make a contribution of time or money.

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Suzan DelBene, Microsoft, The Seattle Times And Kid Gloves

A lot of hay has been made in California over the course of the past several months about Carly Fiorina’s leadership at HP; a quick Google search turns up article after article about the California Senate race that mention, usually in unflattering terms, the company’s fortunes – or lack thereof – during her tenure as CEO.

Contrast this with the treatment Suzan DelBene (D) is receiving in her WA-08 campaign against Dave Reichert. From DelBene’s Microsoft bio:

Suzan DelBene, corporate vice president of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft Corp., oversees all marketing efforts for the division, including for Windows Mobile software for Pocket PCs, Smartphones and Portable Media Centers, and the Windows CE operating system. Snip… DelBene, who returned to Microsoft in February 2004 after having served at the company from 1989 to 1998, brings a deep set of product management, marketing and business development skills to Microsoft’s wireless industry efforts.

Her own campaign bio proudly makes note of her time at Microsoft*.

One of just a handful of women serving in a senior leadership position at the company, she ran worldwide sales, marketing, and product management for the company’s mobile technology efforts.

You don’t have to be a technology geek to be aware that Microsoft isn’t exactly a giant in the world of mobile communications. A recent Seattle Times article notes:

Five years ago, the company’s PC-think appeared to slow its momentum in the mobile world. It seemed unable to turn on a dime when the iPhone came out, it may have underestimated the consumer market and it made a few bets that just went wrong.

The “five years ago” mentioned in the article would be about a year into DelBene’s stint as VP of Mobile Communications at Microsoft. She was still at the helm in 2007, a “watershed” year.

The watershed year was 2007. Microsoft made some incremental updates and called it Windows Mobile 6.0. A few months later, Apple unveiled the iPhone.

In the fall, Google announced Android, a free mobile operating system. Developers flocked to both platforms to build programs for their respective app stores. Microsoft, which has historically had the strongest developer support among the tech powerhouses, had no app store until 2009.

“It was a story of a missed opportunity,” said Matt Rosoff, a former analyst at independent research firm Directions on Microsoft in Kirkland who’s now with the Silicon Alley Insider news site.

Nowhere is DelBene’s involvement with the Windows Mobile product mentioned, which might be understandable, given that this is a business story, but an ostensible news article published in the Times on September 26th that specifically discusses her Microsoft experience and how her campaign is using that experience to persuade voters also fails to mention it. In fact, the story reads as though it were lifted intact from a DelBene press release. Given the Times’ endorsement of DelBene, I find their failure to qualify her Microsoft experience to be disturbing.

Side note and slightly off topic:

It’s also worth knowing that prior to Microsoft, DelBene was CEO at Nimble Technologies (and isn’t it ironic that DelBene was CEO of a company called Nimble, when her leadership at Microsoft appeared to be anything but). Her time there doesn’t appear to have been a rousing success, either. Started in 1999 with $30 million in venture capital, it was sold in 2003 for less than $10 million.

DelBene is claiming that her “real-world leadership experience” and “ability to solve problems, create opportunities, and get things done” qualify her to replace Dave Reichert as the 8th District’s U.S. Representative, but I wonder if she has the kind of experience we need in Washington D.C.

*DelBene appears to be proud of the time she spent at Microsoft and Nimble Technologies, but not of her service on the Board of Trustees of Reed College.

(H/T Merlock’s Murmurings and @bryanmyrick)

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Suzan DelBene, Woman Of The People

Update: Much ado over nothing. As Mary so kindly points out below, and as a search of King County property records confirms, it appears that this home doesn’t belong to the DelBene’s. Mary, I disagree with everything else you said, though.

Liz Mair had an interesting post today about Suzan DelBene, Dave Reichert’s Democrat challenger in Washington’s 8th Congressional District. As she says, it’s purely gossip but I like a good bit of gossip as much as the next person, so let me chime in.

DelBene’s home is on the market, so I looked the listing up on the John L. Scott Web site. The listing includes the information that the home is just under 3,000 square feet and was built in 1941. The pictures show that there’s been extensive remodeling, resulting in a very nice but – for the area – very modest home.

Most of these ’40s era lake front homes have long since been replaced by homes that, when I was growing up, would have been called mansions but have become so common they could just be called MS Homes™. I was starting to feel just the tiniest bit of grudging admiration for Ms. DelBene for having chosen to buck the trend of tearing these places down and replacing them when I noticed this at the bottom of the description:

Set of plans for a 6k sqft hm available upon request.

As Liz notes, the current home is “possibly not the kind of place one wants to be caught living in if trying to appeal to average folks while running against Reichert, who cuts a pretty non-elite profile.” I agree completely…and add that planning to tear down a home that most people would love to own to replace it with yet another waterfront house-on-steroids might not strike quite the right note either.

I’m guessing that Dave Reichert’s neighborhood is just a bit different than DelBene’s, which includes these homes, also on the market.

Yeah. That Suzan DelBene; she’s just folks.

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In Memory Of Specialist Joe White

The video speaks for itself.

My prayers are with Specialist White’s family, for comfort in their time of loss. Joe, rest in peace.

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MoveOn, Could You Please Just Move Along?

Because, really, you’re not adding anything of value to the debate.

Even though Election Day 2010 is still over a year away, MoveOn.org Political Action is running ads targeting Dave Reichert (WA-08) and his “No” vote on H.R. 3200 in the Ways and Means Committee.

Congressman Reichert responded with the following statement.

Now is the time to come together and debate meaningful solutions to lower health care costs, improve quality, and preserve Americans’ choice of care, not to derail this vital process with shameful, partisan politics.  Moveon.org can tell anyone they want that I voted against a $1.1 trillion government take-over of health care that would increase the cost of care, impose new penalty taxes on small businesses, and prevent Americans from keeping the care they have if they like it.  That vote was in the best interests of my constituents and the American people, I stand by it, and I will continue to fight for common-sense reforms that incorporate the best ideas from both sides of the aisle.

What I won’t stand for is a divisive political attack that questions my integrity and prevents us from achieving the reforms American families need. This ad is completely dishonest and does a disservice to my constituents. It is yet another roadblock on the path to real reform.

In case you haven’t seen the ad, it’s rather dramatic and asserts that Congressman Reichert’s vote was purchased with $105,958 of campaign contributions from “health and insurance interests” and, quite possibly, the very lives of your children.

Wow. Damning.

Actually, there’s not much new there. It’s basically just the same old-same old from the left. If you’re not “For” the 1,000 page monster, you’re “Against” lower costs and quality care and you probably don’t care if poor people die as long as you get your blood money, you Judas, so why don’t you just go kill yourself in a field somewhere and rid the earth of the miserable scourge that is you.

The only thing even remotely interesting in the ad is the implication that evil “special interests” are pulling Reichert’s strings because of the vast sums of money they’ve contributed to his coffers. If that’s the case, one has to wonder why they weren’t pulling the strings of everyone else on the Committee because, yes, every single member of the Ways and Means Committee accepted campaign contributions from “health and insurance interests.”

In fact, when you look at contributions from health and insurance sources as a percentage of total contributions, Reichert comes in tied for dead last with 5%. Evil bastard.

I think it’s much more interesting to note that Pete Stark (D) of California received 49% of his contributions from “health and insurance interests.” It’s also pretty interesting that, overall, the Democrats received a higher percentage of their funding from those interests than Republicans.

Which is to say that MoveOn’s ad isn’t motivated by some high moral purpose, it’s just politics as usual. Reichert wasn’t targeted because he took an unusually large sum of money from relevant industries, he was targeted because he’s a Republican in an increasingly moderate district whom they perceive as being vulnerable in 2010.

In order for MoveOn’s argument to hold water, you’d have to believe that Democrats such as tax cheat, Charlie Rangel, are somehow morally superior to Dave Reichert or that the same industries that influenced Reichert to vote against H.R. 3200, somehow, miraculously, influenced 26 Democrats to vote for it.

I’m not buying it.

Disclaimer: I was not able to determine, in the time available to me, how MoveOn arrived at the $105,958 figure…I’m sure it somehow involved a swarm of lackeys and a database. Since I have neither lackeys nor database, I turned to OpenSecrets. Unfortunately, the good folks at OpenSecrets had no idea, when they were compiling their data, that I was going to write this blog post, meaning I wasn’t able to find the exact data I was looking for. For example, OpenSecrets data lists contributions from the insurance industry, but doesn’t break that data down by types of insurance so please keep in mind that I was working insurance figures that included all types of insurance. Additionally, I excluded contributions for the 2009 election cycle.

You can view my data by clicking the image below.

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